Case Histories

Case Histories

A Novel

Paperback - 2005
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The first book in Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie Mysteries series, called "The best mystery of the decade" by Stephen King, finds private investigator Jackson Brodie following three seemingly unconnected family mysteries in Edinburgh
Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.
Case three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.
Thirty years after the first incident, as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge . . .
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2005, c2004.
Edition: First Back Bay pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780316010702
Branch Call Number: 823.914
Characteristics: 310 pages ;,21 cm.


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Mar 11, 2019

This depressing book is mostly about child abuse & neglect & the warped, damaged adults who manage to survive it. The murder mystery is a minor sub-plot. It was very uncomfortable & unpleasant to read & I rather wish I hadn’t.

Jan 31, 2019

Because the DVD TV series was one of my favorites, I really wanted to like this book, however, I did not like it much at all. The book was about 305 pages but the total investigation of any of the at least 3 cases (maybe 4 or 5?) could have been condensed into probably 50 pages. The rest was reflection, introspection, rambling, etc. I read it all but it was not well spent time. I may take time to read her book of short stories but not sure right now. The Jason Isaac version of Jackson Brodie in the TV series was much better than the Jackson Brodie of the book. Watch the DVD's of the 2 TV seasons. Forget the book.

Dec 01, 2018

I was rivetted by the interlocking case histories until the last pages, when it was all wrapped up with a bow, and I couldn't believe her endings.

Sep 28, 2018

Complex plot written in a way that will need extra focus to understand what the author is saying. I recommend!

DPLjulie Aug 26, 2018

Before she became a literary superstar with Life After Life, Kate Atkinson gave us the wonderful Jackson Brodie Mysteries, filled with memorable characters, including the compelling if deeply flawed Jackson Brodie. Case Histories, the first in the series, is heartbreaking in a way the others aren't. In my opinion they don't need to be read in order. Started Early, Took the Dog is a better book to read (or listen to) if you're not sure you'll read the whole series.

Feb 12, 2018

Story seemed to only loosely match the reviews I've read. Depressing read. Very sad.

Apr 07, 2017

Atkinson has a true gift for storytelling; her deft development of characters (with believable idiosyncrasies) grows on us and eventually we may even begin to appreciate their charm despite their "humanness". After reading a few of her books, I realized how astutely she portrays the frailties of people and their crimes. When we consider their crimes within context, it doesn’t mean that we "ought to" (commit crimes), nor does it mean we condone certain acts, it simply offers possible explanations regarding the "whys" (for those who enjoy the contemplation and analysis of human behaviour).I believe, given just the right circumstances, we are all capable of doing the "unthinkable", simply because we are human. And, some of us simply enjoy analysing human behaviour.
Obviously, Atkinson is well acquainted with advanced psychological insights into the motivation of human behaviour.
As my long ago Director of Nursing in Psychology once told me, "All human behaviour is motivated. In psychology, we seek to discover and understand that motivation."

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Jul 05, 2016

I swam deep into Kate Atkinson's four Jackson Brodie mysteries over a long holiday weekend and loved them all. Atkinson revels in coincidence and chance in her writing which allows her reader to feel deep satisfaction when random threads come together. Brodie is a great haphazard presence, tossed about by clients, thugs, women, and children. He is essentially decent and good, which provides balance to the evil danger lurking everywhere in his world.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 27, 2015

Missing children, murders, and an ex-police inspector turned PI; Atkinson manipulates the elements of blockbuster suspense into an ingenious plot set in Cambridge, Engand. Jackson Brodie is a private eye with a kind heart who examines three case histories and sets upson solving the crimes. As the cases intertwine, he struggles with loss danger, fate, family and love.

Dec 24, 2014

I thought this was quite good but you have to be a patient reader to appreciate it. It tends to ramble on in directions that appear to have nothing to do with the story but in this book the story is in the details and the patient reader will enjoy seeing it all come together.

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